The Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez has given up on Barcelona and will sign for Arsenal after clubs agree a fee.
At the start of the summer it had been rumoured that the Catalans were coming for the Algerian winger but they never quite made it to the King Power Stadium and consequently, claims the Star, Mahrez is ready to accept Arsenal’s advances.
Apparently new Barca manager Ernesto Valverde wants Marco Verratti ahead of the Leicester wideman and so the four-year contract that has reportedly been offered by the Gunners will now be accepted.
Spanish rag Sport claims that Mahrez “has had enough of waiting” and has authorised his agent to set up the move to the Emirates. The Star says that Mahrez will cost around £35m with Leicester acknowledging that’s it better to cash in on him while the going’s good despite the fact he signed a lucrative new contract 12 months ago.
Still with Barcelona and according to the Daily Mirror Arsenal will have to do battle with the Spanish giants for the right to sign Pedro Neto.
The 17-year-old sensation is rated as one of the most exciting talents in Portugal having broken into the Braga first team last season. It’s thought that Man United boss Jose Mourinho has had his eye on the frontman for a while but the Mirror claims it is Arsenal who moved first and tabled a £13.5m bid, which was rejected by Braga.
They’re holding out for a club to trigger the full £17.5m release clause and that club could be Barcelona with Valverde of the opinion that the youngster is already ready for top-flight football.